Penn Transplant Institute

Refer a Patient

Heart Transplant

The Penn Transplant Institute is dedicated to serving as a resource for physicians and their patients. Penn's multidisciplinary team leads the region in the total number of transplants performed and is ranked among the top 10 multi-organ transplant centers in the country.


Physician Services with Penn PhysicianLink®

Penn PhysicianLink® is an exclusive program that helps all referring physicians connect with Penn Medicine. This comprehensive package of support services expedites and facilitates direct physician communication for patient consults, referrals, transfers and appointments.

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Initiating the Heart Evaluation Process

Patients with one or more of the following risk factors and who are NYHA (New York Heart Association) Class III or IV should be considered for referral for mechanical circulatory support (MCS) and/or cardiac transplantation evaluation.

  • Inability to walk one block without shortness of breath
  • One or more heart failure-related hospital admission in the past 6 months
  • Diuretic dose >1.5 mg/kg/dSerum sodium < 136 mmol/L
  • BUN > 40 mg/dL or creatinine > 1.8 mg/dL
  • Intolerant or refractory to ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers, or beta-blockers
  • Hematocrit < 35 percent
  • QRS >140 msec without, or refractory to, CRT

For a heart failure consultation, and/or evaluation for a VAD or heart transplant, please call 215-615-0800 and press 7.

Communication with Referring Physicians

Communication with referring physicians is a top priority for the Penn heart transplant team. Referring physicians are called at the time of transplant and are updated on the patient’s course. Continuing communication regarding patient status is sent via letters at the time of follow up office visits. Team members are available via cell phone or email to answer any questions.